Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hockey and romance

I've had quite a few emails lately from readers asking if there are going to be more stories about the Heller brothers. Maybe it's because we're into hockey season! You may remember Jase from Breakaway...here's his Romance Trading Card...


And Tag from Faceoff...

Yes, we're well into hockey season now and I have to say I am LOVING having my Jets back!! I've always loved hockey, ever since I was a little girl. When we had our NHL team I loved going to games when we could and when we couldn't, watching them on TV. I especially loved cheering for them in the playoffs. When we lost our team, I kind of lost interest in hockey and mostly only watched it during the playoffs or the Olympics. In the playoffs I'd pick a team to cheer for, based on various reasons. Vancouver - because they're Canadian. Chicago - because their captain is from my city. Pittsburgh- because of Sid. But now I'm into every Jets game and it's so much fun! (More fun when they win, but hey, they're a young team ).

So I wrote a couple of hockey romances, you might know. (Faceoff's selling quite well on Amazon!) And as I mentioned,  I've had quite a few emails lately from readers asking if there are going to be more stories about the Heller brothers. 



So - am I going to write another hockey romance? YES.

I'd always planned at least three stories - Tag, who's the oldest Heller brother; Jase the next oldest; and Logan after him. Matt is still very young - he's in college, and that's pretty young for a HEA, but I haven't ruled out writing his story down the line! However, Logan's is yet to come and so I started working on it recently. Pray to the writing gods and goddesses that this goes well, but I think I've found the right woman for him. Stay tuned!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Win a Kindle at Beth Kery's blog!

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Author Beth Kery is having a huge contest to win a KINDLE at her blog this month, celebrating the release of her book Silken Rapture (wow, I love that title!!) You can find out all about it and how to enter at her blog . Today I'm a guest there and I'm also giving away a prize - a copy of One Wicked Night, my latest release. Come on by and leave a comment for a chance to win my book and the fabulous Kindle prize! 


Lest we forget...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Choices...really?


There has been much discussion lately about the many choices writers have now when it comes to publishing their work. There are still the traditional New York Publishers; there are smaller digital-first publishers; and there is self-publishing. This has turned into flame wars between authors who, I would venture to guess, feel exactly the same about the pros and cons of each choice but express their opinions differently. And I’ve seen the heated opinions on Twitter about differing opinions on this.

So apparently authors have many choices.

Really?

I think there are a few authors who have lots of choices when it comes to publishing their work.  Authors like Courtney Milan who has self-reported her two six figure deals with a New York publisher, but chose to self publish. Authors like Barry Eisler, multi-published with New York, who turned down a $500,000.00 deal to self-publish (but instead went with a different choice yet – one of Amazon’s imprints, which isn’t really self-publishing). And authors like Amanda Hocking, who did things in reverse —established herself through her self-publishing and then signed a four-book contract with St. Martin’s Press which reportedly entered a bidding war that went over $2 million. 

But those are not the majority of authors. The majority of authors would probably say their first choice is to publish with New York (majority—not all) but the reality is that only a few will ever get contract offers by those NY publishers. That takes away a choice right there. There are also authors who will then choose to submit to digital-first publishers. Yes, there is a wide range of publishers from hugely successful publishers to tiny niche publishers, meaning a lot of choice but those authors might find their manuscript passed on by those publishers as well. Which then leaves really only one choice —self publishing. 

This past weekend I was at the Emerald City Writers’ Conference and I attended a workshop on author branding by Angela James. During a question and answer period, she made the comment to an author (who had submitted her manuscript to Carina Press but had been rejected) that “just because you can publish doesn’t mean you should publish”.

I don’t disagree with that entirely. I’d just had that conversation with some of my writing friends, when I’d noted another author who’d just self-published the first book she ever wrote. We discussed how that might not be in an author’s best interests in the long run. Sure, I could self-publish the first book I ever wrote. And some people might even buy it, because I do have some fans who like my work. But I know that book is utter crap and it would only damage my professional reputation to put that out into the world for people to read.

But I also know from my experiences trying to find an agent, then finding an agent and having her try to sell my manuscripts, that it isn’t always about the quality of a manuscript. There are very narrow things that editors are looking for, especially at the New York publishers. Anything that is outside that narrow box won’t even be looked at, no matter how good it is. Smaller publishers and digital publishers might have broader windows of what they’re looking for, but they still have those boundaries. So it’s entirely possible that good books go unpublished because they don’t fit within those strict boundaries of what publishers are looking for.  

In those cases, self-publishing is definitely a viable option. But let’s not kid ourselves — there are times it’s the ONLY option. Sure, Barry Eisler might choose self-publishing over a $500,000 New York deal. Courtney Milan might choose to self-publish rather than go for another six figure deal. But for most authors— those New York deals aren’t on the table for them to choose.  

So when we talk about “choices” we need to be honest and realistic. For the majority of writers, there really aren’t that many “choices”.